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University of Wisconsin–Madison



Job no: 101327-LI
Work type: Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Dean, Director, Executive, Extension, Outreach, Public Engagement

Position Summary:

The University of Wisconsin-Madison seeks a nationally-recognized leader in university outreach and engagement to serve as Dean and Director for the Division of Extension, one of the primary agencies through which the university exercises its commitment to the `Wisconsin Idea,' the principle that the many benefits of the university must be used to transform lives and communities throughout the State of Wisconsin and beyond. The Division of Extension reaches nearly one million people annually on issues including agriculture, community development, natural resources, family living, nutrition, youth development, and health and well-being, and constantly is seeking to develop new ways of connecting university research with community-based needs. The Dean will report to the Provost through the Vice Provost for Extension and Public Media, and will be responsible for providing creative, inspiring leadership to more than 700 faculty and staff located in 72 county offices, 5 tribal nations and several University of Wisconsin System campuses. The Dean will oversee an annual budget of approximately $80 Million.
This search comes at an exciting time for the Division of Extension. A comprehensive reorganization is nearly completed, equipping the Division to respond more effectively to emerging challenges through program areas organized into the following centers: Agriculture, Natural Resources, Communities, Health and Well-Being, and Youth and Families. In addition, after nearly 50 years as part of a separate unit within the University of Wisconsin System, the Division has been reunited with the UW-Madison, broadly recognized as one of the premier research universities in the world and one of the country's leading land-grant institutions. Active conversations are underway to identify new opportunities for collaboration around important issues to the State of Wisconsin and the nation, including topics like water quality, opioid abuse, racial and ethnic equity, and fostering a climate of increased entrepreneurship. This environment is rich with possibilities for further innovative leadership, and strong candidates must not only have significant leadership experience with university outreach and Extension, but also an established track record of managing through moments of significant institutional change.

Position Duties:

List of Duties

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion

Degree and Area of Specialization:

Earned doctorate in a discipline relevant to the position
A record of scholarly achievement and academic accomplishments appropriate to the individual's academic discipline, and capable of receiving tenure at UW-Madison

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

Please see the Additional Information section for additional preferred qualifications.

Preferred qualifications
Demonstrated familiarity with university outreach and the fundamental mission of a land-grant institution, including sensitivity to the educational needs of both traditional and non-traditional audiences and the relationship between campus-based research and statewide Extension programs
Ability to lead faculty and staff in efforts to demonstrate the scholarly value and measurable impacts of Extension education
Management-level experience in an Extension program
Significant leadership experience in large, complex organizations, including oversight of budgeting, human resources, communications, external partnerships and governmental relations
Demonstrated familiarity with managing through moments of significant institutional change
Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusivity in the workplace, and to incorporating these principles into educational programming in order to meet the needs of all potential stakeholders and clients, including racial/ethnic minorities, women, LGBTQ+ and persons with disabilities
Willingness to make difficult, evidence-based decisions
Ability to work effectively and collegially with a broad spectrum of partner organizations, including units of local, tribal, state and federal governments and their elected leaders
Demonstrated success in developing and cultivating external funding sources
Ability to encourage faculty and staff to develop marketable educational programming opportunities
Familiarity with the principles of shared faculty and staff governance, and a commitment to the processes through which they are realized
Ability to design and maintain effective communications with a variety of geographically dispersed external partners, faculty and staff
Demonstrated proficiency in strategic planning
Demonstrated proficiency with innovative, motivational leadership

Additional Information:

Additional preferred qualifications.

Ability to work effectively and collaboratively within a multi-institutional higher education framework, and with the general public and a variety of entities representing the public, for-profit and non-profit sectors
Experience managing complex budgets involving multiple funding sources
Experience establishing and prioritizing strategic investments

Please note that successful applicants are responsible for ensuring their eligibility to work in the United States (i.e. a citizen or national of the United States, a lawful permanent resident, a foreign national authorized to work in the United States without need of employer sponsorship) on or before the effective date of appointment.



Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

Appointment Type, Duration:



ANNUAL (12 months)

Instructions to Applicants:

Applications and nominations must be received by January 17, 2020 to ensure consideration. A letter of application describing interest in the position and how professional experience has prepared the candidate for this position should be accompanied by a resume and the names, addresses, emails, and telephone numbers of five professional references. Candidates will be informed before references are contacted. The search and screen committee will evaluate candidates' qualification and select individuals for interviews. Finalists will interview with the provost, campus leadership and appropriate staff and governance groups.

Please submit inquiries, nominations and application materials to: Professor Jed Colquhoun, chair of the search and screen committee, c/o Steve Leo, Storbeck/Pimentel search firm,, by January 17, 2020 to ensure consideration.


Steve Leo
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

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  The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

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Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

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